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Mrs. Parlin from Grand Rapids MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Give 'Em Graphics!

Help me give my students exciting graphic novels that will make them beg for independent reading time!

  • $236 goal

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My Students

Ninety-eight percent of my students live below the poverty line. Their families all work hard to provide for them, but many still struggle to cover basic needs such as housing, food, and clothing. Students frequently come to school hungry and tired due to limited resources in the home. They may lack breakfast or a bed to sleep on. Many basic school supplies such as folders or gym shoes are not in the budget for our families.

It's hard to focus on learning when your emotional and physical needs are not always met.

Many students feel hopeless about their ability to succeed in school. My students are eager to learn but frequently doubt their abilities. Many of these kids are learning English as a second or even as a third language. Please consider supporting these great kids to reach their full potential and believe in themselves.

My Project

Students in our school often enroll with very little prior education or are very far behind due to life circumstances, including learning English as a second language. Becoming a strong reader is not always the top priority, nor is it something that my students think they can do. With the ever-present lure of video games, encouraging kids to dive into reading can be a daunting task.

Graphic novels bring the excitement of color and action to the imaginative world of reading most of us know and love.

By partnering with my class in this project, you will be instilling the love of reading into these 6th grade students. You will also be the team in the background, rooting for them to succeed in a skill that they will need throughout their lives.

Independent reading time is a daily activity in our school. Students are invited to choose a book they are interested in and expected to read on their own while I work with small groups on skills. Your investment ensures that my students are engaged and on task during this time.

Mrs. Parlin
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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This project will reach 45 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $25.92 1 $25.92
Karen's Witch (Baby-sitters Little Sister Graphic Novel #1): A Graphix Book: A Graphix Book (1) (Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphix) • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Best Friends • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Guts • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #5): A Graphix Book (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix) • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Trapped in a Video Game (Book 5): The Final Boss • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Trapped in a Video Game (Book 1) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
Real Friends • Amazon Business $8.40 1 $8.40
Making Friends (Making Friends #1) (1) • Amazon Business $7.91 1 $7.91
FORTNITE (Official): Battle Royale Survival Guide (Official Fortnite) • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
Boy-Crazy Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel #7): A Graphix Book (7) (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Share Your Smile: Raina's Guide to Telling Your Own Story • Amazon Business $7.64 1 $7.64
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women • Amazon Business $7.53 1 $7.53
Just Jaime (Emmie & Friends) • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #7) • Amazon Business $7.27 1 $7.27
Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #6): Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $7.04 1 $7.04
Camp (A Click Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora's Galactic Showdown (A Mighty Marvel Chapter Book) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Black Panther: The Battle for Wakanda (A Mighty Marvel Chapter Book) • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69

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